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    Default What have you been told in regards of when to introduce allergens?

    So we have recently discovered that DS (almost 9 months) has a peanut allergy and possibly dairy, we're due to have testing done and see a specialist the beginning of December.

    I'm pretty confident I've made the right decisions in how I've introduced foods to him and I do my best make sure I'm up to date on the most recent guidelines. I'm the type of person that googles everything, gets five books from the library, etc...

    I have a friend insinuating that I have 'given' DS his allergy because I've introduced things too early, swearing that Australia's guidelines are after 12 months and delayed introduction is best.

    I'm currently in the UK and American but we just moved from Australia. The UK and America are definitely between 6-12 months introduction and I thought Australia was the same, so I'm wondering, what have you been told in regards to when you should introduce allergens?

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    The earlier the better... (Can't remember the specifics). The current studies suggest that delaying the introduction of certain foods can lead to allergies..

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    Your friend is talking crap.
    My DD has a very serious egg allergy and I am in no way to blame!
    Early introduction is recommended.

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    That's what I thought, I look at the dates of everything I read to make sure they're recent. It doesn't help that her health nurse just told her 12 months, her DS is 2 weeks younger than mine, so she swears Australia's guidelines are different.

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    People insinuate all kinds of crap when they find out a child has food allergies. Your friend is an idiot, and not much of a friend either by the sounds of it. Tell her to get f'd. (Note I am in a terrible mood so my response may be a bit intense, but if someone told me my child's food allergies were my fault right now that would be my response.)

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    Yep, most recent research suggests that there MAY be a link between delayed introduction and allergies, or there may be no link. The idea of delaying introduction to prevent allergies though has been disproven.

    You're definitely following the most recent advice!

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    I thought I'd heard or read (although I can't remember where) that the only food they recommend delaying until 12 months is honey; anything else is supposedly fine to offer earlier.

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    It used to be no peanuts until after 12months. I know we used to introduce cooked egg and yoghurt sometime before this though. I've heard that they are recommending trying these foods earlier than that now - but have no idea when the recommendation is for. I would assume when the kids are developmentally able to eat the food? Is honey still after 12 months?

    We just make sure that we have two people at home when we do try an allergen just in case one needs to take a trip to ED or call an ambulance! Haven't had to so far.

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    Yes, honey because of the risk of botulism not because of allergies.

    Thanks ladies! I'm fairly certain I've ****ed her off by most recent comment but whatever, last was when she insinuated I'd given it to him and never an apology so I'm kinda of the defense with her right now!

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    Sorry - just read Catlover's reply re honey! Watching tv and typing at the same time = slow response!


 

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